Chauth is of great importance for married Hindu women but the festival
is seen as a big occasion for women undertaking their first Karva
Chauth fast after marriage. A newly married woman is given utmost
importance by relatives and immediate family members when she observes
her first fast for the long life of her husband. She is showered
with blessings of blissful married life and loads of Karva Chauth
gifts especially by her mother-in-law.
Mother-in-law prepares an elaborate Sargi (the pre-dawn Karva Chauth
meal) when her daughter-in-law observes her first fast. She wakes
up much early to prepare a sumptuous and lavish meal inclusive of
sweets and other delicacies for daughter-in-law. Saasu-ma blesses
her bahu with an ashirvaad of ‘Sada Suhagan Raho’ which
means, ‘may you always enjoy a blissful married life’
when the latter touches her feet with reverence. She also presents
her daughter-in-law with gifts, which may be a piece of jewelry
or a heavy saree on the first Karva Chauth.
Baya is a gift given to a daughter’s mother-in-law on the
occasion of Karva Chauth. It usually consists of salted mathris,
dry-fruits and some gifts. This Baya is a little more special when
the daughter is observing her first Karva Chauth. Mothers of newly
wed daughters bring gifts for all her family members. Some utensils
are also included in the baya which are to be distributed amongst
women who join the newly-wed on her first Karva Chauth Puja.
Elaborate preparations are made for the customary evening Karva
Chauth Puja in a family where a newly wed daughter-in-law observes
her first Karva-Chauth. Married female relatives are invited to
participate in the puja. The newly married woman often wears her
bridal lehanga or a heavy saree and adorns herself with lot of jewelry
and make up. After the puja ceremony she seeks blessings for happy
married life from all elder women. The newly wed woman distributes
mathris or utensils amongst the ladies that were a part of baya.
Husband of the woman who observes her first Karva Chauth feel proud
and great to see her better half observing such a rigorous fast
for him. He gets overwhelmed with love and respect for her wife
and pampers her with loads of Karva Chauth gifts. These days husbands
also takes her wife out for a dinner to save her from the drudgery
of day’s cooking work.